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Debra S. Curtis

by Jasmine Batchelor

March 12, 2019

Deputy Director, Policy and Exchange Programs,
DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Debbie Curtis serves as the Deputy Director for Policy and Exchange Programs for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. She joined the Exchange staff in March of 2013 and serves as the principal deputy for the Executive Director. For the previous 15 years, she served in a joint position as the Chief of Staff for Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), Lead Democrat of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and as a Professional Staff Member on the Ways and Means Democratic Staff. In this role, she was integrally involved in the creation and movement of health legislation in the Committee on Ways and Means, including the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to her work for Rep. Stark, Debbie served as health legislative assistant for (then Representative) now Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Jim Moody (D-WI), both then Ways and Means Health Subcommittee members. She was the Congressional Affairs Director for Citizen Action, a nationwide grassroots consumer advocacy organization, where she lobbied for national health care reform during the Clinton health care reform years (1993, 1994). She’s also worked on the staffs of now Senators (then Representatives) Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA). Debbie graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988.